Memories flood at times when a scent arises–catching you off guard. Bacon does this for me. The sacramental experience of our dad’s Saturday breakfast event unfolds for me. With five boys eager as chicks in a nest to feed, our dad would make from scratch his waffles or pancakes, mountain-piled plates of bacon, and potatoes. At times, he even made his own recipe of brown-sugar syrup. The bacon-fat haze in the house was a welcome sight after delivering the local San Jose Mercury newspapers earlier that morning.
Food and Drink
I wanted to turn heads to my blog today and I did not have a picture of puppies. So, even better than that is bacon. Really, bacon is just that good. The once maligned food actually is now back en vogue. I like mine crispy. Here are some bacon tidbits to whet the appetite and charm the non-vegitarians in us all. Favorite Facebook bacon meme: No Hope – NoCash – No Jobs – Please Don’t Die Kevin Bacon. Calories in a typical strip of bacon: 46 (NOT BAD!) American bacon comes front the fatty belly of the pig. Bacon tastes amazing. Yep. In Europe they slice it fancy and call it pancetta. Nitrosamines found in bacon are known to cause cancer when heated…sooo… well, no more bad news. Bacon contains vitamins! Really!! 70% of bacon is consumed for breakfast in the USA. Bacon bits are actually vegetarian. HT: http://www.icanhasinternets.com
It takes a real man to cook for his wife a meal she actually enjoys eating. In fact, if you cook for your whole family it is indeed a path to the highest on the “mancard” you could possibly expect to achieve. Bringing the family together is what men should do. Cooking is part of nurturing others. Why let the lady of house do all the heavy lifting in this area?
The gold-premium level mancard is reserved for the guys who can do more than open up a bag dry pasta, boil, and pour on Prego red sauce. It requires the very technical balance of making a salad with the right balance of sweetness, acid, salt, and crunch. Get your raspberry vinaigrette spot on and you win! My son may not cheer me on this one, but he learns to see what its like to make a woman smile.
Blueberries are perfect right now and I had to buy a box of them the other day. When we think of stereo-typing and bias in a culture that fuels division, it takes a closer look to see how something as monochromatic as blueberries display shades of blue to indigo. For a moment, we see something organically beautiful, not mechanically-labeled. God’s beauty aims not to conform us to wear the same earthly uniform, but to bring His heavenly character to the uniquely varied containers He designed us as. Being godly then is not being a clone. It’s not being alone. It’s being as God intended. His own. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10 ESV) BTW: Let’s connect on Instagram if you like photos like these!
Those who know me do realize I absolutely love good coffee. Even on vacation the goal is to find the shops with the locally roasted beans and well-trained baristas. This series is a how-to for those who want to save money but love good coffee. Now, I love to serve espresso straight, occasionally adding a bit of honey or raw sugar. I also like a good latte or mocha latte or espresso macchiato. This means frothing and steaming milk. Here is a short how-to on frothing milk. With a pump machine, you are better off because the water reservoir can be refilled where the inexpensive steam machines need you to wait, twist off the top, then refill. If there are more than one of you who you make drinks for that becomes somewhat annoying. A stainless steel pitcher really makes a difference. You will also need a thermometer to gauge the temperature. If you steam too hot you might ruin the milk. Also, you want to do the steaming before you pull your espresso shot. Start with cold milk, the pitcher being cold may aid in frothing as well. Choose the milk you enjoy, although quality of milk and amount of fat effects results. Trial and error is your friend. The milk will rise as you place the pitcher under the steam wand with the…
Those who know me do realize I absolutely love good coffee. Even on vacation the goal is to find the shops with the locally roasted beans and well-trained baristas. This series is a how-to for those who want to save money but love good coffee. Now I have had some friends who were and currently are professional baristas. Their skill amazes me, from coffee art to their knowledgable experience in brewing and pulling shots. I needed a budget cut at home. And, when my favorite locally run coffee places disappeared, I was left with Starbucks. Sigh. I did not want to be like other friends who spend a fortune each day or week at the drive-through Starbucks on over-roasted, overpriced coffee. You and I are not likely to make coffee as good as the best barista, but I think you can easily surpass the stuff you get at Starbucks from your very own home and save your bank account. The ingredients for good espresso coffee are the quality of the beans and its roasting, its proper grind and the machine’s ability to provide enough pressure to produce a good head of crema. You need the best beans roasted with skill and ground with a quality burr grinder. Your machine needs to have at least 15 bars of pressure and correct temperature to pull the…
If you are interested in Temecula wine or dining, how to serve the community or what’s new in town you should check out and bookmark Old Town Gazette. Any other local sources for information I have not heard about? Please share.
We are enjoying our stay in Canada. I thought a list of some favorite things might be in order, even if just to remind myself. Here is a random list of 10 COOL Canadian things in Victoria, British Columbia: Ketchup flavored Lays Potato chips and ketchup by Heinz that is made with no cane sugar which with that and whatever else they do to it makes it taste better. Currency that actually is easy to recognize and the fact that they have a $1 and $2 coin. With expenses, the exchange rate is near even right now. Parking was cheap or free most of the time or we could walk to most places. The polite Canadian border officers who when for some reason I misheard the officer’s question about “mace” (or a”BOOT” mace) led them to do a cavity search of our vehicle. The pride for their country and region of British Columbia which reminded me of Texas people when I lived there a few years ago. The museum docents where entertaining with that and their passion. Of course, I am enchanted by history and a good story. We ate it up. Moxie’s restaurant, and Swan’s Pub in Victoria were both good. One for the food and service and the other for their brew and ambience. Actually, the food was good at the latter and the brew good…
I love to make my family breakfast as many Saturday mornings as possible. We set the kitchen table and chow down on Belgian waffles with fresh blueberry sauce, eggs, bacon and orange juice. I love my waffler and cooking, but being together in a rare sit-down with my family of four is the best part of it. Breakfast wins for me as the best meal which I could eat any time of day. What is your vote?
For a quick local trip, us newbies to the Temecula-Murrieta area enjoyed the following: The Temecula Berry Co. blueberry farm where (until July 11) you can pick your own berries right from the vine, enjoy a drink and soak in the incredible weather we have here. Try the Saturday Farmers Market in Old Town Temecula where lumpia, fresh fruit, veggies, and unique items can be purchased. Kettle corn is a favorite but the strawberries and veggies we got today were tops. Matheson’s Food Co. has some amazing sauces that we picked up. Support your local farmers. Of course, you must stop if you are in Old Town at Cafe Bravo where one of the best locally roasted coffees I have ever had can be purchased in the whole bean, or served by one of their gifted baristas. My son, not a coffee drinker, loves the Italian sodas they make. Also, their selection of teas–made hot or iced–are well stocked. You have any local places to recommend here in SoCal (or from where ever you are)?